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How to Get Your Team on the Same Page

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When teams struggle to agree on how to implement a business solution, these efforts are destined for failure. Facilitate discussions to gain agreement about where you are headed and alignment around how to get there.

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Hilary Potts
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Author of Change Up: How Top Executives Lead Change and Deliver Results and
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How to Get Your Team on the Same Page

  1. 1. Gaining Agreement & Alignment with Your Team Leadership Strategies with Hilary Potts 2018 © The HAP Group, All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. Gaining Agreement & Alignment can be like putting together a puzzle. There are many moving parts to fit together and people have different perspectives from where they sit in the organization.
  3. 3. ‹#› Many leadership teams struggle to agree on the implementation of strategic solutions. Gaining agreement starts with facilitating an open dialogue where different perspectives are heard. A leader’s role is to facilitate discussions, so people have the right information and environment to take the work forward. Here are some of the challenges….
  4. 4. ‹#› Challenge #1 Different Perspectives People see things based on their perspective and may not see a holistic view of the situation. This can make it challenging to agree and align with a solution. Facilitate fact-based, objective conversations. Set ground rules for decision-making and uphold those decisions.
  5. 5. ‹#› Challenge #2 Initiative Overload In isolation, an initiative may sound doable. In an implementation, things can get complicated as other activities compete for the same resources. Staying in sync with others be a challenge. To accelerate the change, prioritize and sequence the work across various projects.
  6. 6. ‹#› Challenge #3 Implementation fits and starts Actions in the meeting may sound straightforward, but as people begin the work issues and roadblocks get in the way of progress.
  7. 7. The Solution A Strategic Approach to Agreement & Alignment
  8. 8. 1. Develop a Case for Change A Case for Change converts the business strategy into terms which outline what is changing, why the change is now, and how success will be measured.
  9. 9. Powerful Questions A Case for Change answers important questions with the intent to engage people in a dialogue about what’s going to happen. Use the following questions to get the conversation started: 1. What is changing? 2. Why make these changes now 3. Has everyone bought into this change? 4. How will we measure success? 5. What is my role in this change? 6. How much will this affect me? 7. Will this work lead to the desired result?
  10. 10. 2. Acknowledge the Impact People will be assessing “What’s in it for Them?” Understand and acknowledge how the changes impact others.
  11. 11. Why Who When How What Help people get onboard by sharing: • What is the strategic direction? • Why is this important? • Who is impacted by these changes? • What is the timing? • How will this work? When people have the information, they can make better business decisions.
  12. 12. 3. Leader Actions Matter What are you doing and saying that is either helping or hindering the movement in the new direction? Use the following Change Leadership Behaviors…
  13. 13. 1.Be visible & available 2.Communicate often 3.Show resilience 4.Remove obstacles 5.Provide ample feedback Change Leadership Behaviors
  14. 14. Summary 1.Set clear direction using the Case for Change 2.Acknowledge the impact and help others see What’s in it for them (WIIFM) 3.Be resilient and role model change
  15. 15. Looking for Change Leadership Strategies? www.TheTruthAboutChangeBook.com Access the Book Now…
  16. 16. www.HilaryPotts.com/Resources.html Download the Leader Change Toolkit Now…
  17. 17. Inside the Toolkit You’ll Find… www.HilaryPotts.com/Resources.html • Ways to Get Prepared to Lead Change • A Framework to Navigate Business Changes • Five Change Leader Behaviors to Successfully Lead Your Next Strategic Initiative
  18. 18. For more information contact: Hilary Potts The HAP Group www.hilarypotts.com info@hapgrp.com © The HAP Group, All Rights Reserved

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